Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posted this article about the dynamics of white protagonists fighting African zombies in Capcom’s new game Resident Evil 5. As I remarked in an earlier post, I am skeptical that the game contains intentionally racist elements.
For most horror fans, it is a priori that reanimated corpses cease to have meaningful attachments to race. The furor over Resident Evil 5 strikes me as just the latest confusion perpetrated by those who fail to understand zombies.
If anything is post-race, it is the zombie, and from few fraternities is racism so utterly absent as that of the zombie fan.
(That said, I haven’t actually played the game myself. Maybe I should.)